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Wide Open: Inspiration and Techniques for Art Journaling on the Edge (Book & Card Kit) Paperback – 12 Mar 2007


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; Pap/Crds edition (12 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581809115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581809114
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Randi Feuerhelm-Watts is a mixed media artist who regularly teaches workshops on visual journaling and altered photography at both major art retreats and smaller venues. www.randifeuerhelm.com

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anna Quill on 1 May 2007
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A friend gave me this 'book' for my birthday this past week, and I've not put it down! I think it will be my constant companion for some time to come... Randi's photos and pages from her journals are just SO inspiring!! And her writing is wonderful - she is truly insightful and wonderfully witty! The cards are just so scrummy - I took one on my walk this morning - to read and ponder on...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AdrienneKnight on 31 Dec. 2010
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I do not understand such negativity on a couple of these reviews. Not your cup of tea? At least be polite. On to me and my view: Loved It! Totally inspiring. Great artwork and lovely words to help you on your way. I also loved the presentation: cute little box full of cards and a little book. Very original, very useful, very lovely - thank you Randi - :o)
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Isabella Balkert on 11 Jan. 2008
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The pallet was ugly, there were a lot of pretentious nonsense written either to big or two small and the small text was so small it was almost unreadable.

There were very few pages in the book and who wants to sit with a lof of cards, not me. There are much better books with actual pages - On the same theme, The cards adnd the very small book is put into a box, it irritated me from it came, and it still irritates me when I try to look at it again.

How the person making it, could ever imagine it would inspire anybody, I do not know.

I would look at it in a bookstore before byeing it. There is really not much there - But of course taste is a tricky matter, so others may not agree with me. I hated it.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dog eat dog on 29 Jan. 2008
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i bought this book for my self at christmas, but could not make out what use it could be for someonewho is truly creative, if you need inspiration why follow some one else thoughts, follow your own heart and look at the world around you.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
What a great inspiration booster! 27 Feb. 2007
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I bought this set on a whim, knowing only as much about it as the Amazon description offered. These seem like wonderful journaling creativity boosters! I didn't read all the cards yet, because I want them to be fresh when I use them for prompts. I am already excited to start using this. My sole complaint is that the accompanying journal is not spiral bound. I love the backgrounds provided, but I am less likely to work in a book when it doesn't lay flat and I have to fight with it to keep it open. Plus a spiral binding allows you to leave the book open if something needs to dry. But that is a small quibble, as the star of this set is the creativity cards. They look so great, it might even be fun to collage a few of them right into your journal. I will definitely be picking up a couple more of these as gifts.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Something really different 21 April 2007
By Kelly L. Livesay - Published on Amazon.com
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I own most of the books out there on visual journaling. This set is by far the most unique and offers very original ideas on stretching your imagination. I can't say enough good about it. I love the ability to hold Randi's journal page samples in my hand. I was inspired to finally find a use for the magazine "people" images I had tucked away.

This book has a strong emphasis on photographic expression. I loved that as I'm a devout follower of all things [...]. But it should probably be noted at least.

Beautiful gift idea for any type of artist. One of my new favorites along with Karen Michael's Altered Imagery book.
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Don't miss this! 23 Mar. 2007
By Plein Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a real sleeper. I haven't seen it advertised anywhere,and have never seen it in a bookstore, but it is not to be missed! Her website is also very cool. Check out this artist if you want to really loosen up your artmaking!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Visually Rich and Loaded with Colors and Images 4 Mar. 2007
By A. Borloz - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first ordered it, I thought I would be getting a "book". Instead I got a sturdy and beautifully constructed box containing a deck of art journaling ideas, and a notebook too beautiful to write in. On the front of each card is a journal page loaded with messages, photos, colors, patterns, images, textures, drawings, or a combination of visual & textual elements. Each time I looked at one of these cards, I found something new or different. Written on the back of each card are the author's personal stories/observations, some amusing anecdotes, and desription of different techniques, some for creating new ways of observing and recording daily experiences, some for getting out of mental rut when it comes to not knowing what to write, draw, or even take a picture. And the notebook contained in this box was meant to be written in, but each time I opened the book, the colors started to sing, and I could not bring myself to impose upon these wonderful visual harmonies with my own cacophonic writings, drawings, or collages. Perhaps some day I will have to learn how to work in harmony with these beautiful colors by pulling out and reading one of these cards to help me overcome this hurdle. I am so glad that these deck of cards are not bound together as this format enables me to pull one out randomly so that I can read in my car while waiting for the traffic light to turn green. It's very portable and a great way to utilize our waiting times to improve our observational skills for journaling.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
something new 29 Mar. 2007
By Kathryn Shimmura - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this based on the recommendations of the other readers here and am glad I did.

This is definitely a different spin on the concept of art journaling. I am heartily sick of art journals that have endlessly recycled "vintage ephemera" and use the words "believe," "dream," etc. ad nauseam. Spare me!

This little kit is about learning how to take chances, getting rid of the usual stuff and being original, even if it's crap! As the author quotes a teacher of hers "Give yourself permission to have a book full of ugly pictures." How else are you gonna learn!? And from time to time, come up with something good?

I was unsure about the usefulness of the little journal that goes with the cards but was irresistibly drawn to adding my own stuff to the already colored pages.
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